EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL

20TH EDITION

8th – 13th April 2019

Multiplex Cinema Massimo | Lecce

 

LUCIANA CASTELLINA to receive the Golden Olive Tree for Career Achievement

 

Special Event

 Walter Chiari and Puglia by Tatti Sanguineti

 

Special Screening

WE’LL RISE AT DAWN

attended by director Jean-Marie Benjamine and leading actor Andrea Solombrino

 

10th MARIO VERDONE AWARD

 

After Stefania Sandrelli and Paola Minaccioni, another woman will be the protagonist of the third day of the  European Film Festival, directed by Alberto La Monica. Luciana Castellina, a writer, journalist and politician, will be awarded the Golden Olive Tree for Career Achievement for her contribution to European culture and cinema. In the afternoon, at 5 pm at Liberrima all’Ombra del Barocco, Castellina will present her book Amori comunisti (published by Edizioni Nottetempo), in which she reveals the “non public” lives of communists, the love stories that marked the lives of Nazim Hikmet and Münevver Andaç, Argyrò Polikronaki and Nikos Kokulis, Sylvia and Robert Thompson. The meeting will be hosted by Silvio Maselli. Admission is free.

 

In anticipation of the anniversary of Walter Chiari’s death, tomorrow, at 6 pm (room 2), the European Film Festival will celebrate the ingenious Italian actor with a special event by Tatti Sanguineti, Walter Chiari  and Puglia. NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN FOOTAGE, ANECDOTES, STORIES AND SURPRISES, which  shines a light on the Apulian origins of the comedy actor. Sanguineti, a renowned film critic and great long-time friend of the actor, tells stories, trivia and tidbits about his life, prepared just for the occasion. What emerges is a maybe lesser-known, but equally fascinating side of Chiari, who preferred life and TV to cinema, as well as his relationship with women, his excesses and the rivalry with his often jealous colleagues, which led to resounding judicial and political news. Walter Chiari was famous for his obsessive passion for improvisation, and he had a particular talent for amusing his partners who were frightened and fascinated by the stage, helping them to feel at ease. His life was a crossroads of adventures and encounters and provides a cross section of Italian history. So, Puglia and Walter Chiari, or rather Walter Annichiarico, an inseparable pair with a visceral, affectionate and ignored relationship. His father came from a family of sharecroppers from Grottaglie and was a security sergeant. His mother came from an upper class background and was a primary school teacher from Andria.

 

During the evening, at 8 pm (room 1), there will be the special event screening of We’ll Rise at Dawn by Jean-Marie Benjamin, attended by the director and leading actors Andrea Solombrino, Mariano Barnabà, Karol Mazzei. The story of two boys, 12-year-old Luca and 13-year-old  Sebastiano, who decide to make a research on Padre Pio by gathering the testimonies and the stories of those who knew him. They go along the Gargano streets on their bicycles, looking for authentic testimonies in order to write a book on the Friar from Pietrelcina. Their research – that also becomes an encounter between the new generations and the faith and charisma of the Capuchin friar- interweaves with the family matters of the  two boys. Luca’s family, also made up by his little sister Miranda, is solid and united, whereas Sebastiano has an ill mother and an alcoholic father. The presentation of the film will include talks from: Archbishop of Lecce Mons. Michele Seccia, Archbishop of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo Mons. Franco Moscone.

 

Tenth year for the Mario Verdone Award, established by the Festival together with the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Foundation and the National Union of Italian Film Journalists, in agreement with the Verdone family.

The Award is assigned by Silvia, Carlo and Luca Verdone to a young filmmaker (under 40 years old) who has particularly stood out in the latest film season for his or her debut film. This award aims to pay homage to critic, essayist and film historian Mario Verdone, who was always interested in scouting talented artists, not only in the field of Cinema but also in the world of art in general, as shown in his numerous essays and writings. Tomorrow at 10 pm, in room 3, the first of the three finalist films of this tenth edition: If Life Gives You Lemons by Ciro D’Emilio, who will meet the audience after the screening.

 

A new edition too for the Lux Prize section, whose purpose is to share the richness and diversity of European cinema with as many European citizens as possible, and to foster a debate on the issues dealt with in the films selected. The film scheduled for tomorrow at 6 pm (room 1) is Woman at War by Benedikt Erlingsson, winner of the Lux Prize 2018.

As part of the tribute to Stefania Sandrelli, Protagonist of Italian Cinema, the third day of the Festival will offer the screening of Seduced and Abandoned by Pietro Germi (8 pm, room 2) and The First Beautiful Thing by Paolo Virzì (at 10 pm in room 4).

 

As part of the retrospective dedicated to Russian filmmaker Aleksandr Sokurov, Protagonist of European Cinema, the films scheduled are Father and Son (at 10.30 pm, room 2) and Mother and Son (8.30 pm, room 3).

 

At 6 pm, in room 3, another film for the European Comedy section will be screened, Hopelessly devout by Marta Díaz de Lope Díaz (Spain, 2018). Carmen, a devout Catholic woman from Malaga, is about to be chosen leader of her local religious guild, but it all goes up in smoke when her biggest rival is chosen. Life, however, is always surprising, and what at first seems like a terrible predicament could turn into Carmen’s chance to fulfil her dream. After the screening, the director will meet the audience.

 

Second day of screenings of the films in competition for the Golden Olive Tree “Cristina Soldano Award for Best Film”:

At 6 pm, Oray by Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay (Germany, 2019). In an argument with his wife Burcu, Oray pronounces the Islamic word for separation, talaq. The Imam informs him that he must now part from Burcu for three months. Oray uses the enforced break in their relationship to make a fresh start, moves to Cologne and seeks out a new Muslim religious community, led by the young Imam Bilal…

At 8 pm, Paper flags by Nathan Ambrosioni (France, 2018), is the story of Charlie, a young girl who dreams of being an artist and finds it difficult to make ends meet. When her brother comes to find her after an absence of 12 years, everything is turned upside down. After the screening, a Q&A with director Nathan Ambrosioni will take place.

At 10.30 pm, Two for joy by Tom Beard (UK, 2018). Aysha suffers from a paralyzing depression after the death of her husband. As a result, her adolescent daughter has had to take on enormous responsibilities at a young age, and little Troy wanders along without any responsible adult figures… The screening will be followed by a Q&A with actor Badger Skelton.

In room 4, starting from 6 pm and at 8 pm, new screenings for FESTIVAL IN CORTO (FESTIVAL IN SHORT), which includes the screening of the short films of the PUGLIA SHOW section (both in competition and out of competition), EMIDIO GRECO AWARD and the films made by the students of the Italian National Film School.

 

The European Film Festival is conceived and organised by the Cultural Association “Art Promotion” and produced by Apulia Film Commission Foundation and by Puglia Region and funded by Patto per la Puglia programme (FSC, Fund for Regional Development and Cohesion). It is also supported by the Municipality of Lecce and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism – Directorate General for Cinema.

The European Film Festival, recognised as an “event of national interest” by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, is a member of the Association of Italian Film Festivals and can boast the Patronage of the European Parliament and the collaboration with the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Experimental Film Centre), S.N.G.C.I., FIPRESCI, S.N.C.C.I., Centro Nazionale del Cortometraggio (Italian National Short Film Centre), Agiscuola, Rai Cinema Channel, Augustus Color, Austrian Cultural Forum, Arci Lecce, Rotary Club Lecce, Liberrima, Manifatture Knos, Officine Cantelmo, MUST Lecce, Quarta Caffè, Apollonio, Stasi Azienda Agricola, Passo Uno, futuroRemoto Gioielli, S.T.P. di Terra d’Otranto, Concessionaria Autosat.

Media partners: Cinecittà News, Cineuropa, FRED Film Radio, Rai Radio3.

 

 

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